After breakfast, we made use of the beautiful Sala del Tacca, our classroom in the hostel that will be our home base for our group gatherings in Florence. The Sala was the former refectory of the convent that used to occupy this building and has enormous ceilings with intricate wood carvings as well as four gigantic windows that provide natural light with views out on to the teracotta rooftops of the surrounding buildings.

Curt gave the students a brief history of paper, then demonstrated numerous book-binding techniques with the goal of having each student conceive, design and create an individual book to be used for whatever purposes they decide: journal, sketch book, scrap book, etc. Most of them got a good start before we broke for lunch.

At 2:30, we all met at the Museo del Duomo, the repository for many works taken from both the exterior and the interior of Santa Maria delle Fiore (the cathedral, the baptistery and the campanile), the majority of them replaced by replicas. After the Bargello, this museum houses the most important sculpture collection in Florence.

The students now have the weekend off and will most likely be exploring their new home town.

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